n English in Africa - Revolutionaries or sell-outs? African intellectuals and , 1949-1952

Volume 33, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



A contribution of postcolonial studies has been the recognition of the various forms resistance or complicity may take in the colonial situation. In Homi Bhabha, for example, we move from Fanon's psychology of violence and its attendant material effects to the psychology of display: the native mimicking the master. The danger of such a shift - what is called the cultural turn in postcolonial studies - is that a focus on the expressive manifestation (or 'text') may divert attention from the shaping pressures of historical context.

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